Pennsylvania

  • February 21, 2017

    Uber Urges 3rd Circ. Not To Revive Unfair Competition Claim

    Uber Technologies Inc. has urged a federal appeals court to uphold the dismissal of a complaint filed by a group of Philadelphia taxicab companies alleging they’d been subjected to unfair competition after the ride-hailing service began operating in the city.

  • February 21, 2017

    Philly Controller Escapes 'Slush Fund' Slander Suit

    A Pennsylvania state court judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit accusing Philadelphia's city controller of defaming a former city official with remarks about a so-called slush fund in which money primarily from the Philadelphia Marathon was used to pay for pet projects of former Mayor Michael Nutter.

  • February 21, 2017

    Frivolous Suit Claim Against Ex-Billing Co. Partner Revived

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday revived a medical billing company’s claims that it was saddled with a frivolous lawsuit from a former partner meant to extort money from it after his wife lost her job there.

  • February 21, 2017

    Supreme Court Won't Hear Law Firm's Avandia Fund Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would not hear arguments following a Third Circuit decision forcing a law firm to set aside a share of proceeds into a common benefit fund after helping settle a batch of product liability suits in Illinois over GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s diabetes drug Avandia.

  • February 21, 2017

    Harrison Street Pays $17M For 2 Philly Medical Buildings

    Chicago-based Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC is paying $17 million for two medical office buildings in Northeast Philadelphia currently occupied by Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, marketer Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP announced on Tuesday.

  • February 21, 2017

    Impax Says FTC Should Pay For Withdrawn Pay-For-Delay Suit

    Impax Laboratories told a Pennsylvania federal court on Friday that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should be on the hook for litigation costs and attorneys' fees associated with a pay-for-delay suit filed against the company and others that was withdrawn 10 months later and refiled as an administrative action.

  • February 21, 2017

    Comcast Sheds Disparate Impact Claim In Race Bias Row

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has dismissed a Civil Rights Act claim from class allegations that Comcast allowed racial discrimination against a black employee, pointing to his failure to properly pursue the matter with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • February 17, 2017

    Pa. Court Vacates Ruling On Tax Exemption For Trust

    The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Thursday vacated a trial court’s decision that a trust operating a historic building is entitled to a property tax exemption as an institution of purely public charity, finding the lower court did not properly consider the criteria for such charities.

  • February 17, 2017

    'Phantom' Drone Maker Sued Over Faulty App Software Update

    A market leader in consumer drone technology was hit with a putative class action Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court spurred by an allegedly harmful firmware update in December 2015 that rendered certain commercial drones in its "Phantom 2" line unable to record video and take photos.

  • February 17, 2017

    Prosecutors Slam Appeal Bids By Ex-Penn State Officials

    State prosecutors on Friday slammed a bid by a group of ex-Penn State University administrators to allow an appeals court to review child endangerment charges they’re facing from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal before their scheduled trial date next month.

  • February 17, 2017

    Pa. Lawmaker Lobs Bill To Allow Sports Betting

    A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants the state to legalize sports betting should federal law be changed to allow it, introducing a bill in the state House of Representatives to allow sports betting at casinos and other licensed facilities.

  • February 17, 2017

    Court Nixes Construction Worker’s Restaurant Injury Benefits

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday slapped down a state Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board finding that a construction worker was eligible for benefits for an injury that occurred while he was doing work for a new restaurant.

  • February 17, 2017

    Sprint Owes Comcast $1.5M Over SMS Patent, Jury Finds

    A Pennsylvania federal jury on Friday awarded Comcast $1.5 million in damages after finding that Sprint had infringed a patent the company held for text messaging operations.

  • February 17, 2017

    Pa. DEP Links Fracking To Earthquakes Near Hilcorp Well

    Pennsylvania environmental regulators made a first-of-its-kind announcement for the state on Friday when they correlated a string of small earthquakes in Lawrence County to nearby hydraulic fracturing operations being carried out by Hilcorp Energy Co.

  • February 17, 2017

    Pa. Judicial Employees Can't Invoke Whistleblower Law

    A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a published decision on Friday agreeing that the judiciary’s constitutionally enshrined power to police itself barred a former Washington County probation officer from bringing a whistleblower claim against a top court administrator after he lost his job following an interview with detectives in an embezzlement probe.

  • February 17, 2017

    Pa. Appeals Court Will Revisit Case Over Gas Rights

    A Pennsylvania appeals court has agreed to reconsider a December ruling that affirmed Range Resources Corp. has rights to more than 2,800 acres of subsurface gas in Lycoming County in a case that turned on a 1932 tax sale.

  • February 17, 2017

    Enviros Denied Halt To Newly Approved Sunoco Pa. Pipepline

    The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board on Friday denied a bid by environmental groups to immediately halt Sunoco Logistics' work on its Mariner East 2 pipeline, which received the go-ahead from state regulators earlier this week.

  • February 16, 2017

    Alternative Asset Manager Hamilton Lane Primes $190M IPO

    Alternative asset manager Hamilton Lane Inc. launched a $190 million initial public offering Thursday, advised by Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, following four companies that filed IPOs earlier this week, suggesting deals could pick up in March after a current pause in the market.

  • February 16, 2017

    Jury To Mull If Sprint Infringed Comcast Patent In $153M Row

    A Pennsylvania federal jury is poised to begin deliberating whether Sprint has been infringing a patent held by cable giant Comcast over text messaging operations, after closing arguments wrapped up in the $153 million case on Thursday.

  • February 16, 2017

    Pa. Appeals Court Bars Claims On Properties Not In Dispute

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday found that a legal dispute over proceeds owed from the sale of a Franklin County-based company did not allow its former owner to maintain a claim on its corporate headquarters.

Expert Analysis

  • Legal Pot Industry Bugged By Lack Of Pesticide Guidance

    Telisport W. Putsavage

    Marijuana cultivation suffers from the same pest and disease pressure as any large commercial greenhouse operation. However, the circumstance unique to this setting is that any use of a pesticide in the cultivation of marijuana is a violation of federal law, says Telisport Putsavage of Putsavage PLLC.

  • Trump’s Enviro Law Impact May Not Be What Many Anticipate

    Lester Sotsky

    Many posit a material decline in environmental enforcement and a retrenchment or reversal of environmental regulatory initiatives in the new Trump administration. We expect three concrete areas where activism and activity will be on the rise during this time, targeting a variety of environmental, public health and liability issues of considerable potential consequences, say Lester Sotsky and Andy Wang of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Google Warrant Case Vs. Microsoft Warrant Case

    Philip J. Bezanson

    The Pennsylvania federal court's recent Google decision may give companies emboldened by the Second Circuit's Microsoft decision pause in deciding whether to resist compliance with what they view as overly broad requests for customer data. However, the different results in the cases may serve as useful guidance for securing data abroad, say Philip Bezanson and Laura Prebeck Hang of Bracewell LLP.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • Post-Spokeo, Not All Statutory Violations Are Created Equal

    John G. Papianou

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo did not provide the hoped-for clarity on whether violation of a statute is sufficient for a plaintiff to sue in federal court. As practitioners and courts still struggle with this question, two recent decisions from the Seventh and Third Circuits highlight the issue, says John Papianou of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.